09/28/10 Last week, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that 38 Hoosier communities will receive grants totaling $34,423,314 for water infrastructure projects. These grants are funded by an appropriation for disaster recovery efforts from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These funds were made available to aid in economic recovery after several natural disasters caused damage in many areas across the state during 2008. Indiana’s CDBG Disaster Recovery program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

“These communities sustained extensive damage during flooding in 2008, and completing these projects will prevent a similar setback in the future,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “Adequate water infrastructure and wastewater treatment is not only imperative to the health and well-being of a community’s residents, but it’s necessary for economic growth, too.”

Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Community distress needs, percentage of low-to-moderate income households served, and project’s impact on overall economic recovery efforts were considered in the scoring procedure.

OCRA provides technical assistance to community leaders during the 18-month implementation of their storm water improvement projects. Local grantees include: the Town of Bourbon who will receive $800,000 and the Town of Culver who was awarded $994,000.

The complete list of communities receiving grants follows:

Community County Grant Amount
Alexandria, City of Madison $1,000,000
Bainbridge, Town of Putnam $917,500
Berne, City of Adams $960,000
Bicknell, City of Knox $1,000,000
Bourbon, Town of Marshall $800,000
Brookston, Town of White $775,000
Camden, Town of Carroll $737,875
Center Point, Town of Clay $956,530
Chalmers, Town of White $930,000
Clark County Clark $885,000
Crane, Town of Martin $624,524
Crawford County Crawford $919,500
Culver, Town of Marshall $994,000
English, Town of Crawford $770,500
Jeffersonville, City of Clark $941,650
Kentland, Town of Newton 704,000
Kingman, Town of Fountain 1,000,000
Lagro, Town of Wabash 770,500
Lakeville, Town of St. Joseph $494,859
Laurel, Town of Franklin $992,000
Lynnville, Town of Warrick $1,000,000
Mitchell, City of Lawrence 1,000,000
Monticello, City of White 1,000,000
New Richmond, Town Montgomery 955,610
North Vernon, City of Jennings 939,704
Oldenburg, Town of Franklin $1,000,000
Remington, Town of Jasper 1,000,000
Ridgeville, Town of Randolph 966,775
Salem, City of Washington 1,000,000
Shoals, Town of Martin 991,000
Sunman, Town of Ripley $1,000,000
Union City, City of Randolph 836,000
Waynetown, Town of Montgomery 952,000
Winslow, Town of Pike $981,118
TOTAL: 34,423,314